Curriculum

Isca Academy
Curriculum Statement

At Isca Academy we regularly review our curriculum and endeavour to construct one which meets the needs of our diverse student body whilst ensuring that it is broad and balanced along with a high level of challenge. Our offer is both inclusive and demand led. Enriching students learning experiences beyond the classroom is also an integral part of our curriculum offer and life at Isca Academy. We have a rich tradition of providing outdoor education opportunities, after school activities as well as educational trips, visits and events.

In every aspect of learning we provide wider opportunities for personal and social development, designed to improve student confidence, resilience and teamwork, as well as to enthuse and inspire our students. 
Significant examples of our wider curriculum offer are:

These opportunities, coupled with an inspirational and relevant curriculum, build the skills and attributes necessary to become resilient, successful learners and highly effective citizens. All of our students study Religious Education and PSHE as well as enhanced topical themes that link to our tutorial and assembly programme. 

Our timetabled curriculum offer for all students is as follows for each year group:

  Year 7/8 Year 9 Year 10/11
Subject hours
  per week
hours
  per week
hours
  per week
English 8 8 8
Maths 8 8 8
Science 6 10 10***(12)
French (Spanish**) 4    
Geography 3    
History 3    
RE 2 3 4***(2)
Art* 4*    
Music* 4*    
Drama* 4*    
Textiles* 4*    
Computing 2    
Core PE 4    
Technology 4    
PSHE 2   1
Duke of Edinburgh   2  
OPTIONS      
Option 1   5 5
Option 2   5 5
Option 3   5 5
TOTAL 50 50 50

*Please note the Creative Arts subjects in Years 7 and 8 are taught on a rotation. Each student will study 2 of the subjects for 4 hours per fortnight. They will then swap each term.

**Students have the opportunity to study Spanish alongside French in Year 8.

***Students studying separate sciences have 12 lessons in total per fortnight and only 2 RE lessons. 

Our current offer of Options Subjects for year 9, 10 and 11 students are:

Bold = EBacc subjects
*   =  Vocational courses 
NB: All subjects are GCSE’s unless otherwise indicated. 

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